Quickly Preserve Fresh Herbs in the Microwave

I buy and even grow many of our fresh herbs. This technique is great for saving them! From Food and Wine we see

How to Dry Herbs in the Microwave

If you like having fresh herbs around, but can’t use them up before they wilt, use your microwave to quickly dry them.

Lay the fresh herbs on a dry paper towel, then microwave them at 20 second intervals—flip them at every interval until they’re dried. This method is especially useful if you want to dry your herbs quickly so you can store them for future use rather than have them hanging around.

Set up Your Medical ID on your iPhone

I just did this and it is VERY easy! You should too! AppleInsider gives us simple steps on

How to set up your emergency Medical ID with iOS 8’s new Health app

One of the lesser known — but potentially most important — features of Apple’s newly released iOS 8 mobile operating system is a digital “Medical ID,” which can provide important personal health related information in the event of an emergency.

The Medical ID feature is built in to the new Health application found in iOS 8 for iPhone. Users can configure it by launching Health, tapping the Medical ID menu in the bottom right, and then choosing “Create Medical ID.”

iPhone users with a passcode-locked handset can consider enabling the “Show When Locked” function, providing first responders or anyone else with emergency access to their Medical ID. Enabling this feature allows the Medical ID to be viewed by swiping the lock screen, tapping “Emergency,” and then viewing the digital information.

A user’s Medical ID can be configured with a custom picture and name, date of birth, list of medical conditions, notes, allergies, reactions and medications. It also allows users to display an emergency contact with name, telephone number, and relationship.

The Medical ID also allows users to enter their blood type, height and weight, and whether they are an organ donor. And if someone changes their mind about having such information available from their lock screen, all of the Medical ID information can be deleted via one button at the bottom of the editing page.

After the Medical ID has been created, users can always go back and make changes at any time through the Health app.

Medical ID is just one function of the new Health application in iOS 8, which aims to become a centralized repository for all of a user’s health information, whether input manually or automatically collected through iPhone accessories.

The more advanced Health functions with connected applications and accessories have not yet gone live, as Apple apparently encountered last-minute bugs with its new HealthKit application programming interface tools for developers. Apple abruptly began pulling HealthKit-enabled applications from the App Store last week, alongside the launch of iOS 8, indicating that a formal launch for Health-compatible apps would come at a later date.

For more features and functions in iOS 8, see AppleInsider’s ongoing iOS Tips series.

Supercharge Your Microwave

Microwave’s are great things. Now here are some interesting ideas to get even more out of that little science box in your kitchen – from MakeUseOf:

You Won’t Believe The Things You Can Do With A Microwave

A microwave is great for certain kinds of foods. For example, when you want to make some frozen pizza rolls, a microwave will do the job very well.But what if you want to make scrambled eggs? A microwave couldn’t possibly do that. You can’t use a microwave to make garlic easy to peel. right? Wrong, your microwave can do all that and more!

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Your ZIP Code Tells A Lot

Wow – so much information just from your ZIP code! Details from Gizmodo to

Find Out What Your ZIP Code Predicts You’ll Buy

Find Out What Your ZIP Code Predicts You'll Buy

Where you live says a lot about you—and nobody knows that better than marketeers. Now, though, you can take a glimpse at what they know, using this searchable map built by software company Esri.

Its Tapestry Segmentation project rolls together demographic data from the Census and marketing data from GfK Mediamark Research & Intelligence to… well, to terrifying effect. The results are sliced and diced into 67 profiles of American market segments, which are shown in percentage terms when you search by ZIP code. You can search for your own in the interactive map below (or on their full site).

Are your surrounded by “Prairie Living,” “Dorms to Diplomas,” “Laptops and Lattes,” “Las Casas,” or some other demographic entirely? Silly names aside, the descriptions will probably cut close to the bone. Go on, give it a try. [Esri via WSJ]

We ARE Living in the Future

Wow – take a look at this list! BuzzFeed proves with these

22 Pictures That 2014 Is The Future

You know, at least with regard to technology.

1. There’s an app that translates in real time:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future
Word Lens

2. And a spoon meant to help those with Parkinson’s eat:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

3. There are holograms…on ICE CREAM apps:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

4. And Harry Potter-esque ads in subways:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

5. There are digital libraries where one scans a QR code to get the book they want:

There are digital libraries where one scans a QR code to get the book they want:

6. Astronauts are taking dang selfies in SPACE:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

7. All this being done with a green screen:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

…for better or worse.

8. Bathrooms with smart glass that obscures the bathroom when you lock it exist:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

9. You know, this happened:

You know, this happened:

10. There are doors straight out of any science fiction movie:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

11. Scientists are making videos out of human memories:

12. Robots are getting more realistic (and creepy) each year:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

13. We get together like this now:

14. Transparent cars are in development:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

15. These are all the planets we discovered this year, compared to the previous two decades:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

16. I mean, check out this man’s bionic arm at work:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

17. And this bionic hand at work:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

18. There’s a trash can that knows where your trash is headed:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

19. And cities are growing at an alarming rate. Check out Shanghai between 1987 and now:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

20. An Oculus Rift is being used for 3D imaging:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

21. Chemicals like this exist to reject liquid:

22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future

22. And, just a reminder, all this fits in your pocket now:

And, just a reminder, all this fits in your pocket now: